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Cord Blood Tests

Alternate Names : Cord Blood Test, Cord Blood Sampling

Overview & Description | Preparation & Expectations | Results and Values

Cord blood tests are done on a blood sample collected from the umbilical cord of a newborn. A variety of tests may be done on this blood sample. The type of test done depends on whether there were any problems during the pregnancy or during labor and birth.

Who is a candidate for the test?

A cord blood test is only done on newborns. Most hospitals routinely collect a cord blood sample when a baby is born.

How is the test performed?

Once the baby is born, the umbilical cord is clamped and cut. A second clamp is placed about 8 to 10 inches away from the first clamp. The cord is cut there as well. The blood sample is taken from this section of the cord. No pain is felt by the mother or baby.


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Cord Blood Tests: Preparation & Expectations

Author: Eva Martin, MD
Reviewer: Kathleen A. MacNaughton, RN, BSN
Date Reviewed: 10/07/02

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